Occupational Biomechanics


Definition - What does Occupational Biomechanics mean?

Occupational biomechanics is the scientific study and application of the motor function, coordination, and strength in performing essential job tasks centered around a particular occupation. Ergonomic measures are designed to facilitate job performance in the context of executing sedentary work and manual labor as necessary. In the workplace, occupational biomechanics serves as the foundation of assessing, implementing, and evaluating physical methods tailored for employees to fulfill duties and tasks against the prospect of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

WorkplaceTesting explains Occupational Biomechanics

Occupational biomechanics involves detailed analysis of the structural sections of the body used in performing mandatory job skills. Researchers can gain conclusive evidence about the biomechanical techniques that an individual exerts on a regular basis including bending, lifting, pulling, pushing, and standing, all of which are generally repetitive motions. Different industrial trades may encounter physical hazards that require ergonomic strategies to limit or prevent injuries.

Musculoskeletal disorders can have a negative effect on joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons, inhibiting job productivity. Employers must attune themselves to environmental conditions and hazards deemed job-specific with the goal of curtailing musculoskeletal disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), tendonitis, epicondylitis, and muscle strains. A strategic plan where managers and employees are coordinating a system that prioritizes ergonomic control measures can reduce or avoid MSD-related cases.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders place financial constraints on employers due to a high incidence rate of injuries resulting in high medical expenditures and workers compensation claim costs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes the standard in employee health and safety guidelines including ergonomic control as a mandatory stipulation. A health and safety policy that underscores occupational biomechanics as an ergonomic necessity can mitigate MSD-related accidents and injuries, bolstering morale and improving productivity.

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